Thursday 14 December 2017

Payout for twins after sister (8) was killed on farm

Raivo and Linda Dinsberga leaving court. Photo: Collins Courts
Raivo and Linda Dinsberga leaving court. Photo: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

Two brothers who were at a farm when their eight-year-old sister died after she was hit by a tractor bucket have settled legal actions for €30,000 each.

Paula Dinsberga lost her life as she was staying on the farm outside Charleville, Cork, as her parents attended a wedding in Latvia, the court heard.

It happened on September 28, 2014, when Paula and her friend ran in front of the tractor. The driver braked and the bucket fell off, instantly killing Paula and injuring her friend.

The news of the tragedy had to be broken by gardaí to Paula's parents, Linda and Raivo Dinsberga, when they flew in from Latvia later that evening.

In the High Court, Mr Justice Kevin Cross said what happened to Paula was terrible and devastating for them all.

The judge approved the settlement of €30,000 each in the cases of Paula's twin brothers, Rainers and Patriks, who were on the farm at the time. The boys, who were nearly six at the time, suffered an abnormal grief reaction and nervous shock.

Rainers and Patriks, now eight, of The Orchard, Hansfield, Dooradoyle, Limerick, through their mother Linda Dinsberga, sued the tractor owner Liam Guiney of Rusheen, Newtownshandrum, Co Cork.

They also sued the tractor driver, Edgars Pliesmanis, of Owenmore Drive, Raheen, Co Limerick, as a result of the accident.

Mr Pliesmanis's 11-year-old daughter was injured in the same incident.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to ensure the children were corralled in a safe section of the farm and an alleged failure to warn them of the necessity of avoiding the tractor.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to ensure the bucket of the tractor was properly attached before permitting it to be driven.

The claims were denied. John Lucey SC, for the boys, said it was a very tragic case.

Irish Independent

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